Everest from Tibet Discovery Tour

The classic overland journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu




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Holiday Overview


  • Lhasa and the fabled Potala Palace
  • Everest`s breathtaking north face
  • Experience the `real` Tibet
  • Views of Mount Everest

Providing a range of rich experiences and an insight into one of the world's most fascinating countries, this unbeatable Tibetan discovery holiday will excite even the most seasoned traveller. After a day's exploration of colourful Kathmandu in Nepal, we fly over Mount Everest to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. We spend 4 days here, acclimatising and visiting all of the city's highlights, including the Jokhang Temple, the astonishing Potala Palace and many other important Buddhist monasteries and buildings. Then, crossing the Tibetan Plateau in comfortable transport, we will stop off at roadside villages, make short afternoon walks and also have the chance to meet the Tibetan people, most of whom are nomadic herdsmen living in yak-hair tents. We overnight at the magical monastery towns of Gyantse and Shigatse and camp for 2 nights in the Rongbuk Valley beneath the singularly spectacular north side of Mount Everest. This is unquestionably one of the world's great journeys and a superb adventure travel holiday.

Is this holiday for you?

This Classic touring holiday from Lhasa to Kathmandu traverses some very remote country. During the tour the group will travel in a comfortable private vehicle and the majority of the roads used on this holiday are smooth tarmac. However, some sections of the route, particularly near the North side of Everest can be rugged and dusty. This holiday is priincipally a discovery tour but does include several days when the group will be exploring in and around Lhasa on foot. Also, during the spare time that we have in some of the other Tibetan towns, for instance at Shegar, there will be the chance to do some exploration on foot. In the Rongbuk Valley, there will be the opportunity to do some hiking in the vicinity of our camp. The walking element of the holiday is not sustained or strenuous (except on account of the altitude) and we will be following good paths at all times. The walking elements of the holiday are also entirely optional.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu including visits to Swayambhunath, Bodhnath and Pashupatinath.
  • Fly to Lhasa (3660m).
  • A day sightseeing around Lhasa. Including Jokhang Temple and the Bakor.
  • Sightseeing around Lhasa. Including Tibet's largest monatery, Drepung.
  • Sightseeing around Lhasa. Including the world famous Potala Palace.
  • Cross the Bramaputra River. Visit Samye Monastery.
  • Take the 'Friendship Highway' across the Khamba La (4794m) to Nagartse.
  • Across the Karo La (5045m) to Gyantse. Visit the stupa known as the Kumbum.
  • Drive to Shigatse. Visit the Tashilunpo temple complex.
  • Continue along the 'Friendship Highway' to Shegar.
  • Visit the Ronbuk Monastery. Views of Everest.
  • Exploration around Ronbuk.
  • Drive back towards Nepal stopping at either Nyalam or Zangmu.
  • Cross the 'Friendship Bridge' and return to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Kathmandu on the dates shown above. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Kathmandu Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and this trip is showing the 'Guaranteed to Run or Limited' symbol. If your trip is still showing 'Spaces', we will contact you as soon as it has reached the guaranteed status.

Though improved relations between the UK and China have made travel to Tibet an easier prospect in recent times, please be aware that the Chinese authorities do have a history of opening and closing the Tibetan borders or refusing to issue visas without warning. For this reason we would highly recommend that if you are planning to travel to Tibet, you make a flight inclusive booking or book flights which are refundable in the event of your holiday having to be cancelled.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights. Once we are all gathered together our tour leader will brief us on the week ahead and collect passports for the final part of the visa process tomorrow. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the group hotel in Kathmandu.

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  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu including visits to Swayambhunath, Bodhnath and Pashupatinath.

    A free day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. There is an ‘optional’ guided tour of some of the city’s main attractions, which include the Buddhist temples at Swayambhunath (the 'Monkey Temple') and Bodhnath, the principally Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath, as well as the Durbar (temple) squares of Patan and Kathmandu centre. Alternatively, you may prefer to do your own thing, especially if you have visited Kathmandu before. This day will also be used to finalise the arrangements for the group’s Chinese / Tibetan visas.

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  • Fly to Lhasa (3660m).

    After breakfast, we transfer to the airport and check in for the 90 minute flight to Lhasa. The flight passes over the Khumbu area, and affords excellent views of Mount Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga to the east. After landing at Lhasa Airport it is an hour’s drive to the Tibetan capital, where we check in to our hotel. The altitude at Lhasa (3660m) will dictate that we take easy for the first 3 or 4 days.

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  • A day sightseeing around Lhasa. Including Jokhang Temple and the Bakor.

    A rest and acclimatisation day. One of the important things to note about the time that we spend in Lhasa - is that we will have a first rate guide and interpreter with us at all times. This will add greatly to our understanding and enjoyment of the many impressive landmarks that we will see. In the morning we will make a leisurely investigation of the 7th century Jokhang Temple, which is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet. The temple is made up of a large number of small chambers and chapels, each with its own significance. There is always a queue of devout Tibetans forming an orderly procession through the complex. We will have to join this queue to gain access to the inner areas of the Jokhang. Surrounding the Jokhang is the maze of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses which is the central market of Lhasa, the Barkor. The name Barkor actually refers to the pilgrims’ circuit around the Jokhang, which winds its way through the market streets. During the course of their clockwise circumambulation of the Jokhang, the pilgrims regularly stop to scrutinise the merchandise on the stalls which line both sides of their route. The Barkor is a fascinating glimpse of the Tibetan past.

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  • Sightseeing around Lhasa. Including Tibet's largest monatery, Drepung.

    Another rest and sightseeing day. In the morning we will drive a short distance from the city to the Sera Monastery, which is a fascinating complex of whitewashed walls and golden roofs, housing one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet. From the monastery there are splendid views across the plains to Lhasa. In the afternoon we make a visit to Tibet’s largest monastery, Drepung, with an area of more than 20,000 square metres. The seat of power prior to the construction of the Potala, Drepung is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) to the west of Lhasa. We return to the city and sample the fare of one of the city's typical Tibetan restaurants.

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  • Sightseeing around Lhasa. Including the world famous Potala Palace.

    Our third acclimatisation and sightseeing day. In the morning we will visit the Potala Palace, the most spectacular of the sights of Lhasa. Built on a small outcrop known as the Red Hill, the Potala Palace dominates the city of Lhasa. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama. The Potala is a vast building, containing the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. The afternoon is best spent in and around the Barkor, quietly watching Tibetan life pass by. A further sightseeing option is a visit to the Norbulinka Palace, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas, with its pleasant and peaceful gardens.

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  • Cross the Bramaputra River. Visit Samye Monastery.

    We drive back past the airport and in a further 30 minutes arrive at a ferry landing beside the great Bramaputra River which here is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo. Boarding the ferry, a flat bottom wooden barge powered by a tractor engine we cross the wide shallow river. The journey across negotiating the several sandbanks takes up to 1½ hours. On the other side we will hire a bus from the collection of vehicles waiting to take the disembarking pilgrims on the 30 minute drive up to Samye Monastery. Established in the mid 8th century, this 3–storey building was the first formally established monastery in Tibet. Its architecture reflects the several influences prevalent at that time in this part of Tibet and displays Han, Tibetan and Indian styles. We check into the monastery guesthouse. This is basic accommodation designed principally for visiting pilgrims. There are no en-suite rooms but it is clean and tidy and has a kettle and basin in each room. The whole experience today is very much away from the normal tourist attractions and a chance to experience the real Tibet.

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  • Take the 'Friendship Highway' across the Khamba La (4794m) to Nagartse.

    We rise early to witness a morning pujah at the monastery and then we return to the ferry for the crossing back to our waiting bus. We retrace our route as far as the turning for the 'Friendship Highway' where we begin our epic journey along this famous high altitude road to Kathmandu. We cross the Khamba La (4794m), the first of the 6 major passes of our route, on a switchback road which winds to the summit. From the top of the pass there are dazzling views out across the deep turquoise waters of Namdrok Lake to the snow summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). During the period of maximum snowmelt in the spring, several rivers flow into this lake, but they dry up for most of the year. Similarly, the lake has no permanent outflow. Beyond the lake we come to the small town of Nagartse where we check into the newly built hotel. There is time in the afternoon to visit the Samding Monastery. Tibetans believe that this monastery is the home of the earthly incarnation of the goddess Dorje Pagmo.

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  • Across the Karo La (5045m) to Gyantse. Visit the stupa known as the Kumbum.

    Heading generally westwards, with distant views of the Bhutan Himalaya which lie to the south of the lake, we begin the climb to our next pass. the Karo La (5045m), where there is the amazing sight of a huge glacier which tumbles down to within a few hundred metres of the road. Descending from the pass, we drive through the village of Ralung and then continue through a wonderful valley, with a series of colourful Tibetan villages. The beauty of our slow-paced tour through Tibet, is that we are able to stop whenever we want, to take photographs and to meet the local people. Beyond the Simi Pass we continue mostly downhill to Gyantse. This is a very important town, which was until recently the third largest settlement in Tibet. There are some very impressive military and religious sights at Gyantse. The commanding fort dates from the 15th century, when it was the seat of a powerful war-lord. Younghusband and his troops occupied the fort for a month during his expedition to Tibet in 1904. The most famous and beautiful of Gyantse’s numerous monasteries is the spectacularly large and complex stupa which is known as the Kumbum. This gold-topped pyramid has been little-damaged over the centuries, and is one of the finest buildings in Tibet. The paintings which adorn its many chapels (there are 112 chapels in all) are especially fine. We will stay in the new Gyantse Hotel and have most of the afternoon to explore this fascinating town.

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  • Drive to Shigatse. Visit the Tashilunpo temple complex.

    A short, level drive of only 90 kilometres (55 miles) to Shigatse today, on a road which has been recently surfaced. This means that there is no need to rush breakfast. On arrival, we check in to the Shigatse Hotel, which has good hot baths. Shigatse is Tibet’s second largest city, and capital of the province of Tsang. The most interesting of its many sights, are probably the Tashilunpo monastic complex, and also the ruined fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. The red and gold buildings which make up the Tashilunpo Monastery are surrounded by a high wall, and around this wall there is an important circumambulation route, which includes small shrines, significant rock inscriptions and many prayer wheels. The circuit takes less than an hour, but much longer if you stop regularly to watch the goings on of the Tibetan pilgrims. Little remains of the Shigatse fortress, but the view from the top is spectacular.

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  • Continue along the 'Friendship Highway' to Shegar.

    Continuing our drive along the Friendship Highway, we climb to a pass which offers a first distant view of the main Himalaya range (which we must eventually cross). Descending from the pass we reach the small town of Lhatse, which has the feeling of a frontier town in the Wild West. Apart from its hot springs, Lhatse’s claim to fame is that the long road to western Tibet begins a short distance west of the town, where there is a ferry crossing of the Brahmaputra River. Beyond Lhatse, we climb up to cross the highest pass on the Friendship Highway, the Gyamtso La (5220m). Rounding a bend on the descent from the pass, we are confronted by our first views of Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. We encounter wild Tibetan settlements, lonely monasteries and the encampments of nomadic herders on the next 50 kilometre (30 mile) stretch of road to Shegar. We overnight at the Shegar Hotel, which offers basic but comfortable accommodation. It is from here that we will set off on our detour to the Rongbuk Valley.

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  • Visit the Ronbuk Monastery. Views of Everest.

    We leave the Friendship Highway and head southwards towards the great chain of the Himalaya on a rough road which was constructed by the Chinese for a 1960 Everest expedition. Shortly after leaving the main road, we cross the Pang La (5150m). The views from the top, of the arrayed peaks of the Himalaya, just about beats anything from any other road pass in the world. Passing through the village of Phadhruchi below the pass, the road follows the river and ascends very gradually. Everest is lost from sight to begin with, but as we turn into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever. The Chinese authorities do not permit private buses on the road to the monastery at Rongbuk and we will make a short transfer in official cars. Our support vehicle is allowed to bring our equipment and supplies. Tonight we sleep in tents, setting up our camp close to the Rongbuk Monastery. This is reputedly the highest monastery in the world and the site of the original basecamp for the first British expeditions on Everest. If we are blessed with good weather, as the sun sets, the north face of Everest is typically illuminated by pink and orange light – a truly memorable sight. Altitude at camp is 5200 metres.

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  • Exploration around Ronbuk.

    We have allowed a day at this remarkable place for rest or for exploration. The site of the modern day base camp for Everest is situated close to the snout of the Rongbuk Glacier a couple of hours walk up valley from our camp. Although there is a rough road to this camp, the Chinese do not allow any vehicles to use it without special permission. We spend a second night at the monastery campsite.

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  • Drive back towards Nepal stopping at either Nyalam or Zangmu.

    We board our transport for the drive out of this remote place. We take the old road directly to Tingri from the lower Rongbuk Valley. This is a pretty rough road, crossing another 5000 metre pass, which provides excellent views of Everest and Cho Oyu. Back on the main road, we cross 2 more 5000 metre passes, the Lalung La and then the Shung La. It may seem repetitive to describe yet again another magnificent view, but this is just one of those trips. A photo stop is a must at the prayer flagged crest of the Shung La, for on one side of the pass is the huge bulk of Shishapangma, the only 8000 metre peak which stands completely in Tibet, whilst on the other side of the pass is a unique panorama of the north faces of Cho Oyu, Menlungste and Gauri Shankar. Photo session over, we begin the longest road descent in the world, from 5200 metres to 590 metres at the Sun Kosi River in Nepal. We leave the cold, arid Tibetan Plateau and drop down into the warm jungle of Nepal. The road enters a steep, narrow gorge with many waterfalls and the hillsides are covered with trees and plants of many colours. It is all very verdant, after the arid Tibetan Plateau. We may choose to camp at Nyalam or continue to the Chinese border checkpost of Zangmu and the Zangmu Hotel.

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  • Cross the 'Friendship Bridge' and return to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free.

    After the border formalities, and the crossing of the 'Friendship Bridge', we continue our descent, reaching a low point at Dolaghat. The road then climbs again to Dhulikel and from there it is an easy drive to Kathmandu. We check in to the group hotel and have the rest of the day free for relaxing. As a part of the holiday package, we have included complimentary evening meals in Kathmandu on each of the nights that we stay in the city.

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  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. You might also like to add a visit to neighbouring Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local guide
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • During the tour a full service - including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu and Lhasa

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepalese and Tibetan visas
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

The day starts with an early breakfast, in order to make as much of our day’s drive as possible in the cool of the morning. We will stop for lunch at around 11.00 a.m. and this will be either a picnic in some scenic spot, or at a roadside tea-house or hotel. We will aim to reach our overnight stopping place by early afternoon, so that we have time to rest and for sightseeing in the area before the evening meal. On those days that we are camping, the evening meal will be served in a dining tent. This is the time for socialising, a chance to reflect on the events of the trip so far and to discuss the programme for the following day.

During this holiday the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. We also have 4 nights hotel accommodation in Lhasa, giving the group plenty of time for acclimatisation. Between Lhasa and Kathmandu we use a range of available hotel accommodation which varies from very comfortable to basic. There are 2 nights on this holiday where we will be camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. IDepending on availability, single accommodation is available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

During this holiday we will have a wide variety of eating experiences ranging from sophisticated international cuisines in Kathmandu, excellent Tibetan dishes in Lhasa, more basic, but wholesome Tibetan and Chinese meals on the road, as well as food prepared by our own excellent cooks which will be a mix of local and international style dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 16.

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including local staff tips. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Kathmandu and Lhasa. However, outside of these cities, cash US dollars are more easily exchanged and in emergencies small US dollar bills can sometimes be used to make purchases. We recommend that you change approximately £100 into Nepal rupees on arrival in Kathmandu and £100 into Chinese renmibi in Lhasa. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu (Nepal rupees only).

The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local KE leader. In addition the group will be accompanied by a local guide and drivers appointed by the Tibetan agent and by our own Nepalese crew, consisting of a sirdar, cook and several Sherpas.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your local staff but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the bulk of the tips are given at the end of the trip and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. On this holiday you may have two or more tipping ‘ceremonies’, as you use the services of local staff from two different countries. The level of tipping is entirely up to you but we realise that some guidance is needed and we suggest that each group member contributes a total of £75 - £100 (in equivalent local currency) to a tipping pool. Depending on the make up of your support crew you will need approximately one third of this in Nepalese rupees (avoid 1000 rupee notes – these are too big to be useful).

The maximum baggage allowance on the flight to Lhasa is 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity), together with a Chinese and a Nepal Visa are needed for this trip.

China Visa

It is important that you do not make your own arrangements for the China visa since the group must enter Tibet on a group visa. We will make all arrangements for the group visa and include the cost of this (approximately $175 for US citizens, $85 for all other nationalities) on your trip invoice.In order for our agents to process the group visa we will require a copy of the information page of your passport, a passport photo and additional information as outlined below.

Your Chinese visa form will be completed on arrival in Nepal but in order to prepare these we are required to send through to our agent in Nepal, a list of all of the members of the group, giving the following details: Name; marital status; current occupation; employers’ name, address and phone number. We also have to supply an emergency contact for each person in the group with the following details: Their name; nationality; occupation; relationship to you and telephone number. Finally, you will need to send us a copy of the information page(s) of your passport and a recently taken passport sized photo (colour scans of these documents will suffice). You should send all the above information to us as soon as possible and no later than 6 weeks prior to departure.

Nepal Visa

All nationalities need a valid passport and a current Nepalese Visa for entry into Nepal. The easiest way to get your Nepal visa is on arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa fees must be paid in cash. The most convenient currency to purchase Nepalese visas is US dollars, but GB pounds and Euros are also accepted. The charges for the visa depend on your length of stay (please see fee information below). Two passport photos are also needed. Photographs can be obtained at the airport but this may be time-consuming. As a general rule we advise that you always travel with at least 4 passport photographs since regulations regarding what is required to obtain visas and permits can change without warning.

Nepal visa fees (Multiple Entry). 15 days: US$25, 30 days: US$40, 90 days: US$100. Note that visa fees can change without warning and we advise that you bring extra cash as a contingency.

Note that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has instituted a levy of 1,000 Nepalese rupees (approximately US$11) on all passengers departing Kathmandu International Airport from 17th July 2014. This levy is being called an Airport Development Fee (ADF). Unlike standard airport tax, this new fee is not included in the price of your air ticket. You will be required to pay this ADF both when you leave Nepal to fly to Tibet and again when you fly home or to your onward destination. Please ensure that you have 1000 Nepal rupees available to pay this fee on each occasion you leave Kathmandu

Please note that if you are travelling to Nepal via Delhi you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey (into Delhi and from Delhi to Kathmandu), you will not need an India Visa. Please note that the responsibility for ensuring you have the necessary visas, travel permits etc, for your chosen route of travel to the joining point, lies entirely with you. We are always happy to give advice on these requirements if you contact us.

Note that if you book a UK flight-inclusive package with KE using Jet Airways or Air India via Delhi, you will not require an India visa.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

  • The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs.
  • You must bring the following items:

    • Comfortable walking shoes / boots or lightweight hiking boots ±
    • Socks
    • Trekking trousers / pants
    • Underwear
    • Baselayer shirts
    • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Warm hat
    • Eyewear - Sunglasses
    • Gloves or mittens
    • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x1
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Small towel
    • Daypack 20 - 25 litres
    • 4 or 5 season sleeping bag*
    • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
    • Warm jacket (down)*
    • Basic First Aid Kit including A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
    • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

    The following items are optional:

    • Trekking poles
    • Training shoes /Sneakers
    • Spare laces
    • Shorts
    • Long johns (thermal underwear)
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Scarf or buff
    • Nailbrush
    • Wet wipes
    • Swimwear
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera, film/memory cards, batteries
    • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)


    ± Although this is not a trekking trip, there is the opportunity to do a reasonable amount of walking, whilst sightseeing in Lhasa and other Tibetan cities and around the camp in the Rongbuk Valley. If you intend to make the most of these opportunities, you should make sure that you take suitable footwear.

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  • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.
  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa Tibet (China) from Nepal

    It is important that you do not make your own arrangements for the China visa since the group must enter Tibet on a group visa. We will make all arrangements for the group visa and include the cost of this ($175 for US citizens, $85 for all other nationalities) on your invoice. In order for our agents to process the group visa we will require the following information:

    • Your: Name; marital status; current occupation; employers’ name, address and phone number.
    • Your emergency contact with the following details: Their name; nationality; occupation; relationship to you and telephone number.
    • A copy of the information page(s) of your passport and a recently taken passport sized photo (colour scans of these documents will suffice).

    You should send all the above information to us as soon as possible and no later than 6 weeks prior to departure.

    Visa Nepal

    All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

    For all regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo copy (sent or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

    For certain trips in additional to the above we also require a copy of the information page of your passport.

    These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

    Transit via India

    If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:


    The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

    Politically part of China, the unit of currency in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi. 

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. This is principally a touring holiday and there is no element of trekking but there are opportunities for exploration on foot around the places we visit and the fitter you arel, the more enjoyable you will find the experience, especially given the altitude. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime with regular walks or any regular work out such as running or swimming.

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    At the time of each of our Everest from Tibet departures, we will encounter relatively mild daytime temperatures of between 10°C and 20°C and a little higher during mid-day and throughout August. At night the temperatures will fall to close to freezing point (and at our highest camp in the Rongbuk Valley possibly as low as minus 10°C). Tibet is sheltered by the Greater Himalaya from the full effects of the monsoon and receives very little precipitation at any time of the year. The weather in Tibet should be excellent at the time of any of our departures The with blue skies and brilliantly clear visibility the norm. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year. During the August deoparture, once we pass south of the Himalaya and return to Nepal, we are likely to encounter monsoon rain for the last couple of days and at this time temperatures in Kathmandu can be in the mid to high thirties.

    Tibet Handbook. Victor Chan. The Tibet Guide. Stephen Batchelor. Abode of Snow. Kenneth Mason. Seven Years in Tibet. Heinrich Harrer.

    Lhasa to Kathmandu. 1: 400,000 Himalayan Maphouse

    Although designed for cyclists, this is still the best map for following this tour. Cartography shows route distances, international and provincial boundaries, highways, main and minor roads, peaks, airports, night halts and places of interest such as Dzongs, Monastries, temples and hot springs. A detailed index is also supplemented by temperature charts and oxygen levels.

    Extend Your Holiday

    Chitwan Jungle Extension

    The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. On two full days of wildlife viewing in the National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.

    Chitwan Jungle Tharu Lodge Extension

    From $980 per person

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    Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

    The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of the day's tour include the ancient city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for it’s temples and traditional buildings, and Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise.

    Kathmandu Valley Tour - Nargakot and Bhaktapur

    From $125 per person

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    Malla Hotel

    From $100 per room per night

    Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

    From $138 per room per night

    Shanker Hotel

    From $100 per room per night

    Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

    Shangri La

    From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

    Dwarikas Hotel

    From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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